Hounslow Highways, the partnership between the London Borough of Hounslow Council, VINCI Concessions and Ringway, is now officially underway. Operated by Ringway working closely with the council’s client team, the Hounslow Highways contract officially starts on 1 January 2013.
The contract will see an investment of £800 million in the London Borough and includes improvements and maintenance of the entire street scene assets from “fence to fence”.
The contract was officially signed on 30 August 2012 and the Ringway Hounslow Highways mobilisation team is now in situ to develop the service resources and structures that will be needed to deliver the project.
In the first five years, Hounslow Highways will make significant investment in the borough through VINCI Concessions to improve the 259 miles of roads and 458 miles of footpaths.
Additionally, 16,000 street lighting units will be replaced with low-energy, low-carbon LED lanterns controlled by a ‘Control and Monitoring System’ across the borough. Hounslow Highways will also be responsible for the improvement and maintenance of the structures within the borough, street cleansing activities and environmental management and enforcement.
Ringway has been a provider to Hounslow for well over 20 years and this experience will now be used to improve, and ultimately maintain, high standards in the borough for the next 25 years.
Cllr Colin Ellar, Hounslow’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Improving the state of our streets is a major priority and Hounslow Highways gives us the opportunity to take this forward. Although it’s a 25-year project, residents will be able to see real improvements from next year. We recently approved the work programme for the first five years of the contract which will deliver a renewed street environment across the borough.”
Rob Gillespie, Ringway Mobilisation Director, said: “We are very pleased to have reached contract signature with the London Borough of Hounslow and all of our team in Ringway Hounslow Highways is very excited about the project within the borough. It provides us with great challenges but also great opportunities to be involved in what is a far reaching engineering project, but also a long-term relationship with a community that will see us taking part in the economic and social development of the borough through the work we carry out and the services we provide.”
The new branding for Hounslow Highways was recently unveiled within the borough and the website established at: www.hounslowhighways.org.